Human rights defenders

Fighting for respect for human rights is a high-risk activity, and groups and individuals in more than 80 countries who commit themselves to this struggle are often targeted by State authorities and private groups. Human rights defenders are victims of threats, attacks, arrests, arbitrary detentions and acts of torture. Since its creation, OMCT has been a pioneer in the protection of human rights defenders by denouncing the repression to which they are subjected. In 1997, OMCT established the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders in partnership with the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). This unique collaboration is based on the complementary approaches of the two organisations and makes full and profitable use of their respective NGO networks. In 2007, OMCT established « Defend the defenders », a sponsorship project with Swiss personalities aiming at mobilising public opinion, the only counterweight to the arbitrary power of States. [Read more…]


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Cyprus:  Police abuse and arbitrary detention against Mr. Doros Polykarpou

August 20, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cyprus

Iran:  New report documents the systematic criminalisation of human rights defenders

August 20, 2019  |  Reports and Publications  |  Iran

Mexico:  Amenazas de muerte recibidas por la Sra. Ariana Bosque

August 14, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Maldives:  Ongoing threats against human rights defenders

August 8, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Maldives

Greece:  Judicial harassment against Mr. Panayote Dimitras

August 7, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Greece

Guatemala:  Joint Statement: 327 attacks against human rights defenders in 2019

August 2, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Kyrgyzstan:  Life sentence of Mr. Azimjan Askarov upheld by Chuy Regional Court of Kyrgyzstan

July 31, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan

Honduras:  Intensificación de la campaña sistemática de ataques en contra de la Asociación por una Ciudadanía Participativa (ACI Participa)

July 30, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Honduras

Israel/OPT: Smearing campaign and death threats against Al-Haq's General Director, Mr. Shawan Jabarin

July 26, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Israel, Occupied Palestinian Territory

European Union (EU):  Joint Statement: The EU must stop the criminalisation of solidarity with migrants and refugees

July 26, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  European Union (EU)

Burundi:  Joint statement: International and local NGOs strongly condemn the conviction against human rights defender Germain Rukuki upheld on appeal and call for his immediate and unconditional release

July 25, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Burundi

Kyrgyzstan:  Court review of the conviction of Mr. Azimjan Askarov

July 25, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Kyrgyzstan

Turkey:  Acquittal of Ms. Sebnem Korur Fincanci, Mr. Erol Onderoglu and Mr. Ahmet Nesin

July 18, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Guatemala:  Assassination of Mr. Julio Ramírez

July 17, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Egypt:  Provisional release of Ms. Malak Al-Kashif

July 17, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt